Message to INFODIO readers: investigative journalism, which is what this site does, takes lots of time. Visiting media looking for a quick run down on Venezuela's gargantuan corruption, have the decency to at least cite the source when plagiarising this site's content without attribution (exhibit Reuters here and here, exhibit Bloomberg here, exhibit OCCRP here). To all readers, do the right thing, the honest thing: support independent investigative journalism, help us expose rampant corruption. Note added 28/06/2021: impostors are using INFODIO's former editor's full name, and a fake email address (alek.boyd.arregui at to send copyright infringement claims / take down requests to web hosting companies (exhibit Hostgator). The attempt is yet another effort paid by corrupt thugs to erase information about their criminal activities. has no issues with other websites / journalists using / posting information published here, so long as the source is properly cited.

Crowdflower suspends Clean Perception's astroturfing

On the back of my alert to Matt Cutts and Google's subsequent decision to eliminate bogus results from searches related to Venezuelan criminals, now Crowdflower, the microtasking crowdsourcing platform, has eliminated all astroturfing tasks created by Clean Perception, the "online reputation management" company owned by RaFa the hacker. Tasks were suspended for operating outside Crowdflower's terms of service. Recently, Twitter also suspended an account almost certainly created by RaFa to impersonate me. RaFa seems to be resenting the fact that I am shedding plenty of sunlight on his dodgy operation and services to the very worse Venezuelan criminals and Boligarchs. Germany's Angela Merkel, or her representatives, are yet to comment on Bundesdruckerei's association with RaFa, though it appears that on this side of the pond businesses and authorities have little tolerance for criminals cum "ethical hackers".